John Charles Dahlstrom
John Charles Dahlstrom was born August 5, 1913, in Ellis, MT to Jalmer and Inez Dahlstrom. He graduated from Conrad, MT. He married the love of his life, Irene, in Cutbank, MT in 1941. She preceded him in death in 2011. The couple had one daughter, Sherry Schweizer, of Leavenworth, and the family spent 65 years in Long Beach, CA, before health issues in 2009 brought them to Washington to be closer to family. John Dahlstrom had many jobs during his lifetime, including a gold miner, a welder, a butcher, a ranch hand and a ship builder. He retired from the Shell Oil Company as a mechanical engineer after 29 years of service. He enjoyed watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, playing pinochle and traveling. He also enjoyed gardening, ballroom dancing, and spending time with family and friends. Dahlstrom believed that the secret to longevity was optimism, and at 100 years old he blessed all those who knew him with his cheerful attitude and genuine smile.
Dahlstrom is survived by two sisters, Mary Ellen Brownell of Conrad, MT and Helen Casper of Spokane; grandchildren, Susan Darlington of Wenatchee, Kristjan Schweizer of the Virgin Islands, and John Schweizer of Houston, TX; and great-grandchild, Parker Darlington.
A Private Family Gathering will take place in Montana at a later date.